West Texas A&M University was already ranked as one of the safest places in the U.S. to attend college, but wanted to do more to enhance the security and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff. After introducing SafeZone, the Police Department realized greater benefits than expected – including protecting the lives of two officers.
West Texas A&M University has been recognized in independent assessments as one of the safest study destinations in the US. Aware of the importance of this reputation for student recruitment and retention, the WTAMU Police Department wanted to invest in the best technology to enhance the safe environment in which students and staff live, work, and learn. The old system used by WTAMU was characterized by poor community engagement, high costs, and functionality that was limited to basic SMS communications.
Now, as well as being able to push out rapid notifications to everyone on the main 135-acre campus, the WTAMU campus police department wanted the ability to communicate directly with students and staff across three other WTAMU locations, and those in the local community. SafeZone was selected – and it delivered even better functionality than originally anticipated, including lone worker protection, patrol heat-mapping, tip reporting and more.